I was really disappointed today and had to sit for a spell to get my nerves in check. The doctor’s surgery scheduler calls me today to discuss possible dates that I may have the surgery. After we came up with two possible dates which were March 31 or April 22 she gave me a phone number to United Healthcare where I have to register for the barbaric surgery. Well I made the call and was informed very sternly that I need a 6 month monitor diet plan before the surgery. Now here’s my issues and why I am a little pissed, ticked, frizzled, and mad. I call the insurance company as soon as I found out that the weight loss surgery was available and asked every question that pertains to being approved for surgery. I was told that I would only have to show proof of 5 years of obesity from my primary doctor for United Healthcare and meet with an approved therapist. I even asked and was told no about the 6 month diet requirements.
Now today I was informed that there is a requirement for the 6 month monitor diet and what Untied Healthcare requires could be different from what my spouse employer also requires. WOW!! Knocked me right off of my feet.
I quickly called the surgery scheduler and informed her of what they said. She quietly calmed me down and explained that I already had 4 months of supervised diet because I was going twice monthly and it went over into the fourth month. I would have to meet with the nutritionist this month and around the first of next month and then she can submitted for approval. I am scheduled to have the endoscopy tomorrow morning, so that process will be out-of-the-way. Nevertheless I did expect some hiccups and this is one of the hiccups. Nevertheless the April date is still very possible after the two week liquid diet. I am going to stay focus and keep my eyes on the prize, getting my weight under control no matter what distractions or problems that come my way.
Peace, Love and Happiness